Success is the sum of small efforts - repeated day in and day out. – Robert Collier
What comes to mind when you think about success? CEOs, celebrities, and those in politics? Do you ever consider the single mom raising her children, the receptionist who welcomes customers into your business and makes them want to return, or a single person living their life?
Every person I know wants to succeed in one way or another. Success is different for each individual.
Growing up, I thought my success was based on education and profession. I felt like a failure. I did not complete college, and my jobs were not what others would consider successful employment.
I am now in my 60s and have reviewed my life. I realize that I am successful. I worked in areas where I found interest. In my youth, all I wanted was to be a preschool teacher. I went to school and was hired as a preschool teacher. I was good at it but realized that I did not like teaching children. I enjoyed playing games with the children.
I learned new skills in every job, which prepared me for the next job. I had very little training in office work, but I have had several office jobs which taught me skills that I used in future employment. My office jobs included working in a chiropractic office, an insurance agency, and a church. My favorite job was working as a Social Service Director in a psychiatric hospital. My previous jobs taught me how to work with people, write reports, and problem-solve. My next job I was unprepared for; I took over the family business as CEO and president. My previous jobs taught me the skills to handle new endeavors. Even though I closed the business, I successfully worked with staff and customers and made many community connections. I have been a grant writer and am now a blogger.
My work history does not make me successful. My success lies in who I am. I am now living what I think is a successful life. I am involved in activities that I enjoy, am an active part of my church and community, and am living a full life. I am successful!
The definition of success is
· The accomplishment of an aim or purpose
· The attainment of fame, wealth, or social status
· The good or bad outcome of an undertaking.
When thinking about success, we often think of the second definition. Those who are famous, wealthy, or have social status are the most obvious to see as successful. Think about it. Are those people happy? Are they living life or stressed out over circumstances? Or are they enjoying what they do? Are they free of substances? Do they use their station in life to help others?
Every day we can have small successes. Yesterday, I completed all but one of the items on my to-do list. I knew I wouldn’t finish all of them, but I completed most of them. That is a SUCCESS!
Three tips to help you achieve success.
Be mindful of yourself. One of the ways to be consistent with your success routine is by being mindful of your actions and thoughts.
Accept yourself. Once you start spending time with yourself, your thoughts, ideas, and plans, you will know and understand yourself better.
I encourage you to think of something you can feel successful about.
Have a great week!